Call for Applications: INREES Visiting Fellowship at the Aleksanteri Institute

The International Network of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (INREES) invites currently enrolled postgraduate students affiliated with the University of Tartu, University of Bremen, University of Glasgow, and Södertörn University to apply for a 2-month visiting fellowship at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki for the year 2023.

The Aleksanteri Institute is one of the largest multidisciplinary centers in the field of Russian and Eastern European studies. The Institute’s research is embedded within international scholarly networks, and it functions as a hub and catalyst of networks of people and ideas across the globe. For the postgraduate student, the Aleksanteri Institute offers an international academic environment and active research community.

The multidisciplinary INREES program provides the visiting fellows a unique opportunity for writing-up their on-going research projects and producing new scholarly outputs. The grant is 2,400 euros per month. The Aleksanteri Institute will offer a workspace for the selected candidate and the visitor will have an academic host/ supervisor. There is one grant for doctoral researchers from each of our partner universities for the visit to Helsinki.

Funding period: January – December 2023
Deadline for applications: 30 November 2022
Notification of acceptance: 20 December 2022

Application documents:
1. Motivation letter: Statement on how visiting period in Helsinki would benefit applicant’s doctoral research (one page)
2. CV
3. Research plan (max. 4,000 words with the list of references)

The successful applicant will be provided with a monthly scholarship of €2,400 (travel and accommodation are covered from the scholarship). Travel, accommodation and health insurance coverage are to be arranged by prospective fellows themselves, but the programme can provide help with these.

Applications should be sent to yuliya.brin@helisnki.fi with the reference to INREES in the subject line of the email.
For more information on the INREES and the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, please see the websites: https://blogs.helsinki.fi/inrees-research/news-and-events/ & https://www.helsinki.fi/en/aleksanteri-institute

You can also contact with one of the following persons:
University of Helsinki:
Kaarina Aitamurto, Head of research training, Aleksanteri Institute, Kaarina.aitamurto@helsinki.fi
Vladimir Gel’man, Professor, Aleksanteri Institute, vladimir.gelman@helsinki.fi
Yuliya Brin, Project planner, yuliya.brin@helisnki.fi

Call for Applications: INREES Visiting Fellowships for Doctoral Researchers

The International Network in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (INREES) invites currently enrolled postgraduate students affiliated with a Finnish university to apply for a 2-month visiting fellowship at the University of Bremen, the University of Glasgow, the University of Södertörn or the University of Tartu in fall 2023.

The INREES programme gives an opportunity for four young Finnish early-stage researchers to have a two-month research visit. The multidisciplinary INREES programme provides the visiting fellows a unique opportunity to gather material, write their on-going research projects and produce new scholarly outputs. These fellowships may also launch new scholarly ventures and research projects in collaboration with partners and colleagues from our partner universities.

Funding period: January – December 2023
Deadline for applications: 30 November 2022
Notification of acceptance: 20 December 2022

Application documents:
1. Motivation letter: To what university is the applicant applying to, how applicant’s research would benefit from the visit, with whom the applicant would like to collaborate or have as a supervisor during the visit
2. Research plan (max. 4,000 words, including the list of references)
3. CV

Successful applicants will be provided with a monthly scholarship of €2,400 (travel and accommodation are covered from the scholarship) Travel, accommodation and health insurance coverage are to be arranged by prospective fellows themselves, but the programme can provide help with these.

INREES fellows are expected to consult with the researchers and possible hosts at the receiving university and to participate in relevant seminars and courses.

Applications should be sent to yuliya.brin@helisnki.fi with the reference to INREES in the subject line of the email.
For more information on the INREES and the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, please see the websites: https://blogs.helsinki.fi/inrees-research/news-and-events/ & https://www.helsinki.fi/en/aleksanteri-institute

You can also contact with one of the following persons:
Kaarina Aitamurto, Head of research training, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, Kaarina.aitamurto@helsinki.fi
Vladimir Gel’man, Professor, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, vladimir.gelman@helsinki.fi
Yuliya Brin, Project planner, yuliya.brin@helisnki.fi

INREES Summer School 2022

INREES summer School 2022 took place in August at Vähäjarvi on the topic of Reorienting research projects and area studies after 24 February 2022. The International Network in Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies (INREES) welcomed doctoral researchers working in the field of social sciences and humanities to the five-day intensive course from 22-25 August.

The week was filled with esteemed guests such as Yulia Gradskova, Andrey Makarychev, Vladimir Gelman, Margarita Zavadskaya, Sari Autio-Sarasmo, Kristiina Silvan, Heiko Pleines and Luca Aneschi presenting on topics such as Women´s rights, making sense of data during wartime, Russian Studies in Search of New Vocabularies, using secondary data in original research.

The participants got a unique opportunity to take part in workshops on pedagogy, life post-PhD, and a very informative session on publishing. The researcher got to present their ideas on these important topics in groups and work together to get to the heart of these issues. The most challenging and fruitful part of this summer school were the workshops where the participants shared their research and got important feedback from their peers and our special guests. Here they got a unique look into what could be enhanced in their research papers to get optimal results and move on to publication of their work.

The summer school was not all business: we did get a chance to unwind. We went on a mindfulness walk in the forest, spent time together in the evening singing karaoke and playing billiard. Overall, our participant really enjoyed the intense week with us. They were left with great discussions, suggestions, and a supportive atmosphere to keep pursuing their important research! We hope to see them again next year, along with new faces in our next summer school in 2023!

Call for Applications: INREES Summer School 2022

Call for Applications

Summer School:  Reorienting research projects and area studies after 24 February 2022

The International Network in Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies (INREES) welcomes PhD students working in the field of social sciences and humanities to the five-day intensive course in Vähäjärvi, Hämeenlinna on 22 – 26 August 2022

Course description

24 February 2022 has dramatically changed the lives of millions of people and the global political order. Within the scholars of the Russian, Eastern Europe and Eurasia Studies (REEES) it has also raised many question that will be discussed in this summer school:

  • How to reconfigure research projects and publications that may seem to have quickly turned outdated amidst the rapid political changes?
  • Did the REEES scholars become surprised by the Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and why?
  • What is the future of the Russian, Eastern Europe and Eurasia area studies?
  • How is conducting research possible in the emerging situation but also, are there some new horizons and need for new kind of collaboration?

The summer school provides a platform for constructive discussions to reconfigure personal research plans and to reflect on the situation and the futures prospects for the Russian, Eastern Europe and Eurasia area studies.

The speakers of the summer school are:

  • Luca Anceschi (University of Glasgow)
  • Sari Autio-Sarasmo (University of Helsinki)
  • Vladimir Gel’man (University of Helsinki)
  • Yulia Gradskova (Södertörn University)
  • Andrey Makarychev (University of Tartu)
  • Heiko Pleines (University of Bremen)
  • Margarita Zavadskaya (University of Helsinki)

The intensive course consists of lectures, thematic panels and workshops in which doctoral students have the opportunity to get comments on their papers. The papers can be research plans, chapters from dissertations or article drafts. The PhD students will have a chance to improve their pedagogical skills by commenting on Russian Studies MA students’ research plans.

Please note:

The summer school will take care of the costs for accommodation, meals and transportation from Helsinki to Vähäjärvi, Hämeenlinna: http://www.vahajarvi.fi/

The course requirements for 5 ECTS (evaluation accepted/rejected):

  • Presenting a paper in the summer school
  • Active participation at lectures and workshops

Please send your applications with an abstract (max 300 words) of your paper, your affiliation and contact information by 27 May 2022 through the following link: https://forms.office.com/r/dHpW3V3iHZ

For more information, you can contact project planner Alisa Virtanen or the coordinator of the INREES Kaarina Aitamurto (Email to name.surname@helsinki.fi)

Call for Applications: INREES visiting fellowship at the Aleksanteri Institute

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

The International Network of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (INREES) invites doctoral students affiliated with the European University at St.Petersburg (EUSP) and with St.Petersburg campus of the Higher School of Economics (HSE SPB) to apply for 1-2 months visiting fellowship at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki for the year 2022.

The Aleksanteri Institute is one of the largest multidisciplinary centers in the field of Russian and Eastern European studies. The Institute’s research is embedded within international scholarly networks and it functions as a hub and a catalyst of networks of people and ideas across the globe. For doctoral students the Aleksanteri Institute offers international academic environment and active research community. The multidisciplinary INREES program provides the visiting fellows a unique opportunity to writing-up of their on-going research projects and produce new scholarly outputs. These fellowships may also to launch new scholarly ventures and research projects in collaboration with partners and colleagues from Finland.

Funding period: from May to December 2022 (except for the period of 20 June – 5 August 2022)

Deadline for applications: 31 January 2022

Notification of acceptance: by 15 February 2022

Application documents:

  1.  Motivation letter: Statement on how visiting period in Helsinki would benefit applicant’s doctoral research (one page)
  2. Recommendation from the supervisor: short description (one page), signed by dissertation supervisor on applicant’s studies and the status of the dissertation project regarding its writing-up stage
  3. Brief description of the content of the research (up to 600 words)
  4. Table of content for the dissertation (including the statement about the current state of affairs with regard to degree of preparedness of different parts of the dissertation at the moment of application)
  5. Publications on the basis of the dissertation project (including manuscripts officially accepted for publication)
  6. Preferred dates of visit to Helsinki

Applications should be send to Alisa Virtanen (alisa.virtanen@helsinki.fi) with the reference to INREES in the subject line of email letter.

 

For more information on the INREES and the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, please see the websites:
https://blogs.helsinki.fi/inrees-research/news-and-events/ https://www.helsinki.fi/en/aleksanteri-institute

You can also contact with one of the following persons:

Call for Applications: Intensive course in St. Petersburg (FRAME)

Finnish-Russian Network on Area studies and Methodologies (FRAME)

Call for Applications

Intensive course in St. Petersburg, Russia

Area Studies and Different Disciplinary Approaches (5 ECTS)

Time: Sunday 24 April – Friday 29 April 2021.

We invite applications to the intensive course Area Studies and Different Disciplinary Approaches, organized at the Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg, 24-29 April 2021. The course addresses different ways to analyze and use area studies* in different disciplinary backgrounds and scholarly traditions.

During the intensive course you will learn about different approaches to area studies with a specific emphasis on theoretical and methodological aspects. You will widen your expertise in area studies and learn tools to recognize area studies approaches in inter- and multidisciplinary analyses and thus strengthen your professional skills beyond disciplinary boundaries. In addition, you will improve your generic skills such as argumentation, presentation and teamwork skills.

The course is meant for MA students, Ph. D. candidates and advanced BA students from the organising universities. It consists of lectures, workshops, and study visits to relevant organisations in St. Petersburg. Lecturers come from the organising universities in Finland and Russia and represent different fields of study.

As part of the intensive course you are expected to present a research paper (approx. 5, 000 – 8, 000 words for Ph. D. candidates) in a workshop. In addition, the Ph. D. candidates will be able to acquire pedagogical experience in commenting the MA students’ papers in the workshops.

Travel and accommodation costs of the selected students will be covered by the organisers.

How to apply?

Send following information as an email attachment to Kaarina Aitamurto (kaarina.aitamurto@helsinki.fi) by 31 January

  • Application letter with your contact information
  • Abstract of the proposed research paper (max. 300 words)
  • Motivation letter (max. 700 words)

Students are informed about the selection by 15 February 2022.

The organizers of the course reserve the right to postpone/cancel the course if the pandemic situation so requires.

Information about the international FRAME project

FRAME is a joint project of two Finnish universities; the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki (the Coordinator of the project) and the University of Jyväskylä, and four Russian universities: the National Research University Higher School of Economics (St Petersburg campus); European University at St. Petersburg; Perm State University and Tomsk State University. The project is funded by the Team Knowledge Finland.

*Area studies refers to multidisciplinary studies (e.g. politics, history, culture, economics) which focus on a given geographical, political and/or cultural area, such as Russian, European or Eurasian studies

Call for applications: INREES visiting fellowships for doctoral students

International Network in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (INREES) invites doctoral students affiliated with Finnish Universities to apply for one or two months visiting fellowship at European University (St. Petersburg) or Higher School of Economics (St. Petersburg and Moscow)in the fall 2021. 

The INREES pre-doc programme gives an opportunity for around 6 young Finnish early-stage researchers to have a one- or two-month research visit to Russia. The multidisciplinary INREES programme provides the visiting fellows a unique opportunity to gather material, write their on-going research projects and produce new scholarly outputs. These fellowships may also launch new scholarly ventures and research projects in collaboration with partners and colleagues from Russia. 

Funding period: September -December 2021 

Deadline for applications: 1 June 2021 

Notification of acceptance: by 8 June 2021 

Eligibility criteria

Affiliation with a Finnish University the i.e. those who are currently enrolled as doctoral students  

Application documents: 

  • Motivation letter: Statement on how applicant’s research would benefit from the visit in Russia 
  • Brief description of the research content: 1-2 paragraphs 
  • Work plan: Specific goals and tasks to be done during the visit (e.g. to complete certain chapters, to carry out archival work, to finalise a thesis-based article, to revise the thesis manuscript etc.) 

Successful applicants will be provided with a monthly scholarship of €2,400 (travel, accommodation and small tuition are covered from the scholarship) and visa support letters. Travel and accommodation are to be arranged by prospective fellows themselves, but the programme can provide help with these. 

INREES fellows are expected to consult with the researchers and possible hosts at the receiving university and to participate in relevant seminars and courses. 

Applications should be sent to the coordinators of the INREES, Dr. Kaarina Aitamurto (Kaarina.aitamurto@helsinki.fi) and Dr. Margarita Zavadskaya (margarita.zavadskaya@helsinki.fi).  

You can also contact coordinators of the INREES programme and/or the director of the programme, Professor Vladimir Gel’man vladimir.gelman@helsinki.fi

Call for Applications: Summer School 2021

Summer School: Russia in the Global Context (5 ECT) 

The International Network in Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies (INREES) welcomes PhD students to the five-day intensive course in Lammi Biological Station on  

30 August – 3 September 2021 

Discussions about Russian uniqueness have been around for centuries. However, it is an undeniable fact that Russia is affected by and has an impact on global developments and trends. For example, the effects of climate change or pandemics such as COVID-19 do not observe national borders. Cultural currents and information flows create and foster transnational communities and identities. Migration to and from Russia cannot be analyzed without taking into account the areas of origin, destination and the global economy. Though nation-states have adopted different responses vis-à-vis global issues, they also study the experiences and solutions of others. In recent years, the discussion about resilience has intensified in social sciences. One of the main questions is, how do different regimes, including illiberal ones, secure societal resilience in the face of global challenges?   

This summer school discusses how Russia and Russian society are analyzed by taking into account the global context.  How can the biases of methodological nationalism be avoided? How to design a comparative research or include a comparative perspective in the study of one area? The lecturers of the summer school represent different disciplines such as geography, history, as well as politics and international relations. The speakers of the 2021 Summer School are: 

  • Luca Anceschi, Senior Lecturer in Central Asian Studies, University of Glasgow 
  • Sari Autio-Sarasmo, University Lecturer, Vice director, Aleksanteri Institute 
  • Irina Busygina, Professor, Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg 
  • Vladimir Gel’man, Professor, European University at St. Petersburg/ University of Helsinki 
  • Anna-Liisa Heusala, University Lecturer, University of Helsinki 
  • Markku Kangaspuro, Director of the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki 
  • Ivan Kurilla, Professor, European University at St. Petersburg  
  • Katalin Miklóssy, University Lecturer, University of Helsinki 
  • Katri Pynnönniemi, Assistant Professor, University of Helsinki / Professor, National Defense University 

The intensive course consists of lectures, thematic panels and workshops in which doctoral students have the opportunity to get comments on their papers.  Papers can be research plans, chapters form dissertations or article drafts. In addition, PhD students will have a chance to improve their pedagogical skills by commenting on Russian Studies MA students’ research plans. The summer school will take care of the costs for accommodation, meals and transportation from Helsinki to Lammi (approx. 100km).  

The course requirements for 5 ECTS (evaluation accepted/rejected):  

Call for Applications: Online intensive course in April 2021

EDIT: This event is cancelled

Call for Applications 

EDUFI Finnish-Russian intensive online course for PhD students (5 ECT) 

Baltic Sea – Shared Past and Future 

18 – 24 April 2021 

The Baltic Sea Region (BSR) connects people from different countries and enjoys strategic importance in intergovernmental initiatives. Understanding the complex environmental, political and social phenomena in the BSR requires multi- and interdisciplinary approaches. This intensive course allows PhD students and professors to discuss issues such as environment, security, history, identities, politics and administration in the context of the BSR. The region’s history and future challenges encompasses common themes that can be dealt both within disciplinary and interdisciplinary frameworks. For example, in addition to history studies, the region’s development during the Cold War can be discussed from the perspective of environmental and security studies, border and cultural studies. The BSR is also a prime example of multilevel governance/governing system. These issues will be discussed during lectures, workshops and panel sessions. Doctoral students also have the opportunity to gain pedagogical experience by supervising master’s students in three one-hour workshops 

The course is funded by the Finnish National Agency for Education. It is a joint project of five universities that have a strong institutional commitment either to Baltic Sea Studies or to Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies (REEES):  The University of Helsinki, the Åbo Akademi University, the University of Eastern Finland, the European University at St. Petersburg and the Higher School of Economics.  

The course consists of seven lectures, three panel discussions and five workshops for doctoral students along with three workshops together with master’s students. Due to the time restrictions, there is only a limited amount of places.  

The teachers of the intensive course: 

Sari Autio-Sarasmo is the Vice-director of the Aleksanteri Institute at the University of Helsinki and the Director of the International MA programme in Russian Studies (MARS).  She is the editor of Reassessing Cold War Europe (Routledge 2011 and 2013), a member of the scholarly editorial council of the journal Baltic Worlds and member of the advisory board of the journal Scandia. 

Tatiana Borisova works as an Associate Professor at the Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg. She is specialized in legal tradition and has interdisciplinary background in both history and law. Borisova has published extensively in journals such as, for example, Russian Law Journal, Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie, Comparative Legal History and Law and History Review. 

Vladimir Gel’man is the Professor of Russian Politics at the European University at St.Petersburg and in the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki. He is also a co-director of Young Russian Scholars Helsinki Visiting Fellowship programme (YRUSH) and the director of the International network in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (INREES). Gel’man is the author and/or editor of more than twenty books and author of more than 150 research articles, published in English, Russian, Finnish, and other languages.  

Alexey Miller is a professor and director at the Center for the Studies of Cultural Memory and Symbolic Politics, the European University at St. Petersburg. He is the editor or a member of the editorial boards in several journals and book series around the world. Miller is author of over 200 publications including books such as The Romanov Empire and Nationalism. Essays in Methodology of Historical Research (CEU-Press, 2008).  

Nina Tynkkynen works as an associate professor in governance under The Sea profiling area and the head of subject in public administration at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Business and Economics at Åbo Akademi University. Currently, she is leading two research projects funded by the Academy of Finland: SeaHer (2018-2022) and Package-Heroes (2018-2023). Her publications include Russia and the politics of international environmental regimes: Environmental encounters or foreign policy? (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015).   

Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen is a professor of Russian Environmental Studies at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki. He has been in charge of numerous research projects of which the most recent is “Best from both worlds – enhancing energy transition in Russia and Finland by making resource flows visible”. Tynkkynen is the author or the editor of books such as Russia’s far north: the contested energy frontier (Routledge 2018) and The energy of Russia: hydrocarbon culture and climate change (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019). 

Joni Virkkunen works as Research Manager at the Karelian Institute, University of Eastern Finland. Healso is the Chair of the Finnish Association for Russian and East European Studies FAREES. Virkkunen has published widely on issues such as migration, Northern dimension and cross-border cooperation. He is also the editor of Politics of Pride: Ethnosexual Conflict of Nationalisms in post-Soviet Russia (Kikimore Publications, 2010). 

The course requirements for 5 ECTS (evaluation accepted/rejected) 

  • Preliminary paper for the summer school (max. 8.000 words) 
  • Active participation at lectures and workshops  

Please send your abstract (max. 200 words) of your research with affiliation and contact information by March 15, 2021 to project planner Paula Rossi (paula.rossi@helsinki.fi) or apply through this link.  Notification of acceptance will be sent by March 19, 2021. 

For more information, please contact Coordinator of the Intensive course at the Aleksanteri Institute, Kaarina Aitamurto (Kaarina.aitamurto@helsinki.fi )  

Call for papers: Summer school in August 2020

INREES SUMMER SCHOOL – BUILDING SCHOLARLY ARGUMENTATION

International Network in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (INREES) welcomes doctoral students to the four-day summer school, which is held at the Lammi Biological Station on August 20-23, 2020.

The first INREES summer school will concentrate on developing skills in building of argumentation in written texts and oral discussions, necessary for young scholars and professionals. In particular, we will be focusing on four major issues:

  • Linkages between theories, methodologies, and empirical analysis
  • Critical assessments of existing scholarship
  • Making evidence-based claims
  • Discussing and fortifying your arguments

The summer school consists of lectures and workshops. The participants will prepare a workshop paper on their research (max 8000 words) which can be a research proposal, a draft for the article or a summary of the current status of their PhD. This paper will be discussed in the workshops supervised by the lecturers of the summer school.

In addition to the lectures and workshops, the doctoral students will give their comments to MA students’ papers in a special workshop organized with the students of International MA in Russian Studies program (MARS).

The course literature will be sent in advance. The workload for the course is 5 ECTS.

INREES provides accommodation in single rooms and meals at the Lammi Biological Station and travel to the course site from Helsinki. Please note that due the COVID-19 pandemic the dates and the program of the course might change. Places on the course are limited.

Applications for the summer school should include a motivation letter with a short description of your PhD project and abstract of your paper presented in the workshop (max 2000 characters each).

The deadline for the applications is June 1. Apply via e-form:
https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/105076/lomake.html

Notification of acceptance will be sent by June 8.

This nationwide course is organised by the Aleksanteri Institute (University of Helsinki) which coordinates the INREES-network funded by the KONE foundation. For more information on the course, please contact coordinator of the course Dr. Ira Jänis-Isokangas ira.janis-isokangas@helsinki.fi.